Cape Town is one of the world’s most exciting and beautiful cities. It is a cosmopolitan city that manages to preserve its history and culture while celebrating the new and dynamic aspects of the area. If you are planning a South Africa safari then you should definitely consider allowing for a few days in Cape Town to include a visit to the Winelands and a self drive tour of the Garden Route.
It caters for all ages and interests and the city is very welcoming to tourists. There is lots to see and do so you will probably need to plan and book some of your activities in advance – especially during the peak seasons when the queues can be quite long.
Cape Town is a very cultured city and you will be amazed by the amount of quality restaurants, offering a standard of cuisine that will match the best of New York and Paris.
The city also has a good variety of museums and its architecture is exceptionally well preserved with some fine examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings that date back to the colonial days when the city was under Dutch and then British rule.
The Cape has always been a haven for expats who flock there to enjoy the laid back lifestyle and great weather. These different influences are what make the city such a colourful and fascinating place to visit – you will be enthralled by the eclectic mix of cultures and music that emanates from the buzzing side walk cafes and bars.
The city is beautifully scenic and you will delight in the views from the top of the magnificent Table Mountain – a huge mountain with a flat top that sits in the middle of the town.
You can access the mountain on a scenic but physical walk or you can take the easy route via a rotating cable car. It is best to check the weather before arriving at the cable way as it does not operate in very windy weather.
Other highlights to a Cape Town holiday include a guided peninsular tour around the coastline and a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters were incarcerated for many years.
The Winelands are just a 40 minute drive away and the picturesque towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are well worth a visit.